About Melanie Smith

Office Manager, Melanie Smith, believes that the most important part of her job is helping others and making them feel welcome at Brecksville United Methodist Church. She has a talent for visual and written communications and puts this talent to use in creating visual presentations for Sunday Worship, weekly e-newsletters, and our monthly newsletter “The Good Word.”

Before coming to Brecksville UMC in 2009, Melanie's career was with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. After studying English at Ohio University, Melanie moved to Florida and took a "summer job" as a housekeeper at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. That summer job grew into a 19 year career, which included work in conference services, the executive office, and human resources. Melanie believes that her hospitality training is perfect for work in a church. "I want everyone who walks into the church office to feel welcome, to feel known, and to feel loved!"

Melanie and her husband, Jim, love spending time with family. Their son, Adam, is a student at the Univeristy of Akron; one of Melanie's sisters lives in Twinsburg (the other is in Peoria, Illinois); and Jim's mother is a resident of Brecksville. Melanie makes frequent trips to Highlandtown, Ohio to visit her Mom and Dad.

As recent empty nesters, Melanie and Jim have developed a serious golf habit. Maybe this will be the year she hits a hole in one? Melanie loves to read both fiction and non-fiction, is a huge fan of old movies, loves listening to live music, and enjoys messing up the kitchen.